It’s been a while since many of us have travelled – whether that’s an overnight visit in the UK to friends, family or a B&B or hotel, or perhaps a holiday abroad. Slowly but surely, things are getting back ‘to normal’, and as the weather improves, it’s natural that our thoughts turn to summer holidays and trips away.
And while travelling with incontinence brings its own challenges, we are firm believers that if you prepare carefully and plan everything in advance, you will be travelling again with confidence before you know it! Here are a few of our tips to get you started:
Make a travel plan
It sounds obvious, but if you are going to be in need of toilet facilities on your journey, then make sure you will have access to these. So if you are travelling by car, look at all the options for stopping at services, and if you are travelling by coach or train you can check whether there will be facilities on board. When booking a seat on a coach or train, you often have the option to book one close to a toilet. Another option is to review the type of protection you usually wear; you may wish to upgrade your pad to a heavier one, or change the type of pants you would normally wear. If you are still worried, you might find our chair pad a useful addition to your on board travel items.
Organise your supplies
Depending on where you are travelling to, for how long, and how lightly you like to travel, will influence what you take with you. The safest option is of course to take everything you think you might need with you – so this could include pads, pants, gloves, soaps, creams, wipes, etc. While you might be able to purchase items locally wherever you are, it’s a weight off your mind knowing you have everything you need with you. You might want to add a bed pad or seat pad to your packing list to give you a bit of extra confidence about being away from home.
While you are away
Another thing to plan for is the disposal of items while away from home. Disposal bags are an essential item, and many people find an odour eliminator spray is a useful addition. Bear in mind that disposal of pads in public toilets can sometimes be difficult due to a lack of suitable bins, so having extra bags with you is a really useful tip. Also, disabled toilets are usually better equipped – so look for these on your travels and make use you have a RADAR key for those which may be locked.
We have decided to make a special offer on two items which are ideal for when you next travel: our travel pack is perfect for a short stay away from home and this zip up wash bag includes 2 disposable bed pads, 2 pairs of disposable gloves, 20 disposal bags, a mild cleansing soap, a skin cleansing foam, 10 disposable dry wipes and an odour eliminator spray. The retail price for this is £9.95.
And our new Good2Go pack, designed more for days out, contains 2 disposable masks, 2 pairs of disposable gloves, 10 seat covers, toilet tissue, wipes, cleaning spray, 2 disposal bags and also 2 disposable urine bags with crystals in the pouch which solidify the urine into jelly – just in case you can’t find a public toilet! This pack retails for £11.95 plus £4.95 postage and packing but up until the end of June 2021, you can order either pack with FREE P & P by using this code at the checkout: GG21.
For any advice you might need on making purchases to help travelling again with confidence, please do give us a call on 0800 389 3597.